[rescue] WWWIIIRRRESSS!, was Re: Cray listing on E-bay

John Hudak jjhudak at gmail.com
Fri Dec 8 14:05:18 CST 2017

OMG Dave, that is hilarious......And your activities sound perfectly normal
to me...but all those WIRERZZZZZZ!!

As a joke (which I am sure would not have gone over very well) you could
have mentioned to them that next time they come into the house, they should
wear tin foil hats to keep their brains from being fried....then again,
they may have terminated you lease.....

too funny

On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 1:57 PM, Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com> wrote:

> On 12/08/2017 10:15 AM, Stefan Skoglund wrote:
> >> Heh, memories! :)
> >>
> >> On Mon, Dec 04, 2017 at 06:41:42PM -0500, Steve Sandau wrote:
> >>> On 12/04/2017 05:45 PM, Dave McGuire wrote:
> >>>>    Sigh, yes. ;)  Let's please let that drop, though.  That crazy
> bitch
> >>>> brought the cops to my house and demanded that they haul me away.
> Even
> >>>> though the the officers left peacefully with a handshake and an
> apology,
> >>>> the memories of that day are not at all pleasant.
> >>>>
> >>> I remember that, but maybe not for its original posting here. That
> phrase
> >>> still does go through my mind every once in a while when I'm dealing
> with a
> >>> large mass of... well... wires.
> >>>
> >>> So even if it's not brought up again, Dave, you can know that it makes
> me
> >>> chuckle from time to time.
> >
> > references ?
>   Sigh.
>   In early 2001 or so, I was renting a house in Laurel, MD, from a
> couple, who were two of the most ordinary people I've ever met.  Neither
> was terribly intelligent, and they were both very big on being and doing
> what society expects of them.  They valued conformism to an very high
> degree.
>   And here I am, working for a string of tech startup companies, with an
> electronics lab and racks and racks of computers (even some Crays)
> running in rooms that they insisted could only be used as a formal
> dining room and a living room, because that's...just the way things were
> supposed to be.
>   What productive person has any use for a formal dining room in 2017?
> Seriously.
>   Anyway, since I was renting, the landlord has the right to come in
> periodically and inspect the condition of the house and property.  So
> one day the wife did, and the older ditzy airheaded blonde FREAKED THE
> HELL OUT because there were "WIIIRRREEESS!!!" in the house.
>   You see, in their little minds, all anyone is "supposed" to do in a
> house is eat, sleep, poop, and watch television.  You know, like good
> little well-trained consumers.
>   She immediately called the police and said there was an emergency and
> that she needed help right away.  When they arrived, four cop cars in
> three minutes flat with lights on, she demanded that I immediately be
> TAKEN INTO CUSTODY because I was "doing things I wasn't supposed to be
> doing" in the house.  Being professionals, they wanted to know exactly
> what it was that she thought I was doing in there that was so bad.  They
> asked, and she said, gesturing around, "All of these...THINGS!
>   The police asked us who we all were, determined that she was the
> landlord and I was the tenant, and then asked me for permission to look
> around the house, which of course I granted without hesitation, given
> the situation, and thoughts of handcuffs.
>   They looked around for about ten minutes, found nothing amiss, but
> said "Hey, you do have some unusual stuff here, what do you do for a
> living?"  I explained, they told her there was nothing at all wrong
> about what I was doing, apologized to me for the intrusion, wished me a
> good day, advised the crazy landlord to go home and not hassle me
> further, and left.  With no small amount of objection from the crazy
> bitch, of course.
>   Of course it was immediately turned into a big joke around here and a
> few other mailing lists, but I assure you there was nothing at all funny
> about it.
>                 -Dave
> --
> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
> New Kensington, PA
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